Archive for May, 2010

Happy Memorial Day 2010

Monday, May 31st, 2010

We would like to wish all of you a very happy Memorial Day. Take a moment to remember those who have gone on before us. Remember those who not only fought and died to maintain our freedom, but be thankful for the sacrifice they have made. Please be safe and have a wonderful day.

See our military tribute here.

Surgery for Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Reportedly to Take Place Today

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Please pray for Rifqa Bary, the teen who ran away from home, in fear of her life, after she converted from Islam to Christianity, as her surgery, for a very aggressive form of uterine cancer she has, is reportedly taking place today.

Fathima Bary

I spoke with Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, who were “honor” killed by their father, about this and she had these comments:

“I have over 500 threats on my life since I called their murders, honor killings! Even so, I do not fear them! Fear, is what they use as weapons, as do all terrorists! So, I have lived my life without much care of these threats.

My point…I only spoke truth and this is what happened to me! Rifqa, is considered a worse infidel than me as she converted to Christianity. Now, do you understand why we all must stand against this? Please pray for Rifqa…only God can save this girl!”

Please continue to pray for Rifqa.

See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
Parents of Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Refuse Proper Cancer Treatment for Daughter.
Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Faces Cancer Treatment.
Rifqa Fights to Stay in the U.S..
Rifqa’s Immigration Status Tenuous.
Pastor: Threats Against Rifqa Serious.
Muslim Parents of Teen Christian Convert Renege on Custody Agreement.
Runaway Christian Convert to Remain Free of Parents, Judge Rules.
Rifqa Bary Case Takes a Positive Turn.
Court Issues Reunification Plan in Rifqa Bary Case.
Rifqa Bary Returns to Columbus.
Hamas-Linked CAIR Supervised Police Interview of Rifqa Bary’s Parents on Abuse Allegations.
Florida Investigation Finds No Credible Threat to Teen Christian Convert.
Teen Christian Convert Who Fled Muslim Family Gets Online Threat.
Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her.
Updated: Judge Decides Fate of Honor Student, Cheerleader Who Fears “Honor Killing” After Converting to Christianity.
Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist.
Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert.
Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert Order Back to Ohio by Florida Judge.
Rifqa Investigation Ignored Facts About Islam.

In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” KillingsIn Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
In Remembrance of Sarah & Amina Said and Noor Faleh Almalek.
Don’t let this become a memorial to Rifqa Bary as well. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings Before They Happen!!

Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Receiving New Death Threats

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I spoke with Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, and she advised me that she is once again receiving death threats concerning her speaking out against the “honor” killing deaths of her great nieces.

Amina and Sarah Said

The latest one is from a person purporting himself to Islam, Sarah and Amina’s brother. There is no solid proof of this, and most likely it isn’t Islam. Anyway, if you wish to see the threat, it’s at www.myspace.com/521252099.

Gail told us, “This is a fatwa issued on my life. Yes, the woman in this is me! It must have been taken on a paused TV as it is a picture of me when I did the FOX “Murder in the Family/ Honor killing in America.” It looks as though he paused the TV and took this picture of me!”

I have over 500 threats on my life since I called their murders, honor killings! Even so, I do not fear them! Fear, is what they use as weapons, as do all terrorists! So, I have lived my life without much care of these threats.

I just went to the site and here are some of the comments from the author of the Myspace page. Each is associated with an uploaded photo, so I have included a description of the photo for reference:

Photoshopped picture of Gail and terrorist with a gun pointed at her: “gail go run to the cops b***** or the ((((F.B.I.)))) they will not save you (((LOL)))”

Photoshopped picture of Gail and terrorist with a gun pointed at her: “we will get you and the two mexican killer that shot and murer amina and sarah said, and we will not stop and will not rest))))”

Picture of German Shepherd: “we will show you gail you will pay for it its not over”

Picture of German Shepherd: “kill gail owens”

Picture of a rifle similar to an “AK-47”: “my new baby this is for you gail and the two mexican killer”

There are more pictures, but they do not seem to be direct threats against Gail.

Here are some of the “friend” comments:

“gall you f****** day is coming”

“you need to get a life and move on. yaser was good to you and amina and sarah>>>so you run a way whith two mexican killer naw you are alon all by you self and no one give a s*** about you or anina and sarah we will fight for yaser to the death. and you know it so just go buy a gun and kill you sllf so you can see anina and sarah in hell” [This comment seems to be aimed at Patricia, the girl’s mother]

“yaser will pot you 6 fee under like the dog you are>>>>death to america and death F.B.I. we are not like you we are one hand and if you will one of us we will not rest at all we will fight to death 9-11 was good day you all you one more day like it” [This comment seems to be aimed at Patricia, the girl’s mother]

“First of all your sisters are not b****** they are angels you need to respect amina and sarah they are in heaven the place where your murder dad will not go your said uncles need to stop brain washing u and get you help your day will pay for murdering amina and sarah and you better stop threatening me because iam not scared of you or the said family something else yaser is a muslim murder and no he is not a good man” [This appears to a comment from Patricia, the girl’s mother]

“death to america”

As distasteful as these comments are, I felt they should be recorded, as most likely, this site will be taken down soon.

Please continue to pray for Gail.

See below for previous posts:

  • Honor Killing in Dallas
  • “The Story is Bigger Than an Honor Murder in Dallas or What Happens in Dallas Stays in Dallas; Who Knew?” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Human Sacrifice in Dallas: No One Saved These Girls” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Raging Muslim Taxi Drivers in North American Cities” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Murderous Mothers. The Hidden Female Face of Honor Killing” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Still Dead in Dallas. An Update on the Double Honor Murders” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • FBI Calls Dallas Murder Case an ‘Honor Killing,’ Upsetting Muslim Group
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 1.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 2.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 3.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 4.
  • America’s Most Wanted to Air Segment on Said Sisters “Honor Killing”.
  • America’s Most Wanted Airs Said Sisters “Honor Killing”, Caves to Political Correctness.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Interviewed on Anniversary of “Honor Killing”.
  • America’s Most Wanted to Air Segment on Yaser Said for Said Sisters “Honor Killing”.
  • Celebration Of Life For Amina and Sarah Said – Honor Killed by Their Father”.
  • Mother of Amina and Sara Said Breaks Her Silence, Wants Justice for the Girls.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Comments on Patricia Owens’ (Girl’s Mother) Interview.
  • Wanted by the FBI
    YASER ABDEL SAID
    Please be on the lookout for Yaser Abdel Said, who “honor killed” his daughters, Sarah and Amina Said. If you think you have seen him, please contact authorities immediately.

    In Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
    In Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings

    Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border

    Thursday, May 27th, 2010

    We can’t illegal aliens out of our country, so how on earth do they expect to catch a specific person?
    This is exactly why we need to secure our entire border and enforce all of our immigration laws.

    The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells FOXNews.com.

    The warning follows an indictment unsealed this month in Texas federal court that accuses a Somali man in Texas of running a “large-scale smuggling enterprise” responsible for bringing hundreds of Somalis from Brazil through South America and eventually across the Mexican border. Many of the illegal immigrants, who court records say were given fake IDs, are alleged to have ties to other now-defunct Somalian terror organizations that have merged with active organizations like Al Shabaab, al-Barakat and Al-Ittihad Al-Islami.

    In 2008, the U.S. government designated Al Shabaab a terrorist organization. Al Shabaab has said its priority is to impose Sharia, or Islamic law, on Somalia; the group has aligned itself with Al Qaeda and has made statements about its intent to harm the United States.

    In recent years, American Somalis have been recruited by Al Shabaab to travel to Somalia, where they are often radicalized by more extremist or operational anti-American terror groups, which Al Shabaab supports. The recruiters coming through the Mexican border are the ones who could be the most dangerous, according to law enforcement officials.

    Security experts tell FOXNews.com that the influx of hundreds of Somalis over the U.S. border who allegedly have ties to suspected terror cells is evidence of a porous and unsecured border being exploited by groups intent on wrecking deadly havoc on American soil.

    Original Link.

    Congress Set for Landmark Vote on Lifting Military Gay Ban

    Thursday, May 27th, 2010

    A sad day for our military.

    Today both the Senate and House plan a vote to repeal the 1993 law, which has often been mislabeled as “don’t ask, don’t tell” but actually states that homosexuals are not eligible to serve in the military. Some conservative groups have suggested the White House has employed “Chicago-style politics” and backroom tactics in an attempt to ram the measure through while Democrats hold the majority on Capitol Hill — a majority some suggest may evaporate come November.

    Richard Thompson is president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, which is encouraging responsible members of Congress not to vote for any bill — regardless of its language — that has as its aim the ultimate repeal of the ban.

    “It’s going to be close,” the attorney says of the pending vote. “There are people who are switching sides — people who we thought were going to vote against the repeal have changed their mind, and some who are on the fence are now going to vote against repeal. So there is a lot of fluctuation going on.”

    Original Link.

    Very Severe Hurricane Seasons Ahead, Say U.S. Top Scientists

    Thursday, May 27th, 2010

    We sure hope this isn’t true.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued it’s 2010 hurricane season forecast, and the agency is predicting a doozy.

    Hurricane season for the western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. That’s when about 90 percent of the storms make themselves present, and the predictions for this season are grim — which could wreak further havoc on the Gulf coast.

    NOAA’s forecast predicts as many as 23 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, with 3 to 7 becoming serious enough to merit names. This jibes with earlier predictions of a severe hurricane season from Accuweather and scientists at Colorado State.

    “It’s going to be a bigger than average hurricane season and it’s going to start sooner,” Accuweather’s Joe Bastardi told FoxNews.com in early May. And Colorado State University meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray also predict rough weather in their extended-range hurricane forecast.

    NOAA reports that this could be “one of the more active seasons on record.”

    Original Link.

    BP’s ‘Top Kill’ Effort to Plug Oil Spill in Gulf Reportedly Working

    Thursday, May 27th, 2010

    It looks like the latest attempt to kill the well in gulf is working.

    BP’s “top kill” operation halted the flow of oil and gas from the stricken Deepwater Horizon rig Thursday, according to U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, cited in the Los Angeles Times.

    Allen, who is coordinating the government response to the oil spill, said Thursday that engineers had succeeded in stopping the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from the BP well.

    Allen said the engineers had pumped enough drilling fluid to block all oil and gas from the well. The pressure from the well was very low, but persists, he added.

    If the risky procedure stops the flow, BP will then inject cement into the well to seal it. The top kill has worked above ground but has never before been tried 5,000 feet beneath the sea. BP pegged its chance of success at 60 to 70 percent.

    “We’re doing everything we can to bring it to closure, and actually we’re executing this top kill job as efficiently and effectively as we can,” BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said.

    Original Link.

    “The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem” by Daniel Pipes

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

    This is a dated article, but does bring some very important historical information to light concerning Islam’s supposed claim to Jerusalem.

    The Camp David II summit and the “Aqsa intifada” that followed have confirmed what everyone had long known: Jerusalem is the knottiest issue facing Arab and Israeli negotiators.

    In part, the problem is practical: the Palestinians insist that the capital of Israel serve as the capital of their future state too, something Israelis are loathe to accept. But mostly, the problem is religious: the ancient city has sacred associations for Jews and Muslims alike (and Christians too, of course; but Christians today no longer make an independent political claim to Jerusalem), and both insist on sovereignty over their overlapping sacred areas.

    In Jerusalem, theological and historical claims matter; they are the functional equivalent to the deed to the city and have direct operational consequences. Jewish and Muslim connections to the city therefore require evaluation.

    The Jewish connection to Jerusalem is an ancient and powerful one. Judaism made Jerusalem a holy city over three thousand years ago and through all that time Jews remained steadfast to it. Jews pray in its direction, mention its name constantly in prayers, close the Passover service with the wistful statement “Next year in Jerusalem,” and recall the city in the blessing at the end of each meal. The destruction of the Temple looms very large in Jewish consciousness; remembrance takes such forms as a special day of mourning, houses left partially unfinished, a woman’s makeup or jewelry left incomplete, and a glass smashed during the wedding ceremony. In addition, Jerusalem has had a prominent historical role, is the only capital of a Jewish state, and is the only city with a Jewish majority during the whole of the past century. In the words of its current mayor, Jerusalem represents “the purist expression of all that Jews prayed for, dreamed of, cried for, and died for in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Second Temple.”

    What about Muslims? Where does Jerusalem fit in Islam and Muslim history? It is not the place to which they pray, is not once mentioned by name in prayers, and it is connected to no mundane events in Muhammad’s life. The city never served as capital of a sovereign Muslim state, and it never became a cultural or scholarly center. Little of political import by Muslims was initiated there.

    One comparison makes this point most clearly: Jerusalem appears in the Jewish Bible 669 times and Zion (which usually means Jerusalem, sometimes the Land of Israel) 154 times, or 823 times in all. The Christian Bible mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7 times. In contrast, the columnist Moshe Kohn notes, Jerusalem and Zion appear as frequently in the Qur’an “as they do in the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita, the Taoist Tao-Te Ching, the Buddhist Dhamapada and the Zoroastrian Zend Avesta”—which is to say, not once.

    The city being of such evidently minor religious importance, why does it now loom so large for Muslims, to the point that a Muslim Zionism seems to be in the making across the Muslim world? Why do Palestinian demonstrators take to the streets shouting “We will sacrifice our blood and souls for you, Jerusalem” and their brethren in Jordan yell “We sacrifice our blood and soul for Al-Aqsa”? Why does King Fahd of Saudi Arabia call on Muslim states to protect “the holy city [that] belongs to all Muslims across the world”? Why did two surveys of American Muslims find Jerusalem their most pressing foreign policy issue?

    Because of politics. An historical survey shows that the stature of the city, and the emotions surrounding it, inevitably rises for Muslims when Jerusalem has political significance. Conversely, when the utility of Jerusalem expires, so does its status and the passions about it. This pattern first emerged during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad in the early seventh century. Since then, it has been repeated on five occasions: in the late seventh century, in the twelfth century Countercrusade, in the thirteenth century Crusades, during the era of British rule (1917-48), and since Israel took the city in 1967. The consistency that emerges in such a long period provides an important perspective on the current confrontation.

    The first Umayyad ruler, Mu’awiya, chose Jerusalem as the place where he ascended to the caliphate; he and his successors engaged in a construction program – religious edifices, a palace, and roads – in the city. The Umayyads possibly had plans to make Jerusalem their political and administrative capital; indeed, Elad finds that they in effect treated it as such. But Jerusalem is primarily a city of faith, and, as the Israeli scholar Izhak Hasson explains, the “Umayyad regime was interested in ascribing an Islamic aura to its stronghold and center.” Toward this end (as well as to assert Islam’s presence in its competition with Christianity), the Umayyad caliph built Islam’s first grand structure, the Dome of the Rock, right on the spot of the Jewish Temple, in 688-91. This remarkable building is not just the first monumental sacred building of Islam but also the only one that still stands today in roughly its original form.

    The next Umayyad step was subtle and complex, and requires a pause to note a passage of the Qur’an (17:1) describing the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey to heaven (isra’):

    Glory to He who took His servant by night from the Sacred Mosque to the furthest mosque. (Subhana allathina asra bi-‘abdihi laylatan min al-masjidi al-harami ila al-masjidi al-aqsa.)

    When this Qur’anic passage was first revealed, in about 621, a place called the Sacred Mosque already existed in Mecca. In contrast, the “furthest mosque” was a turn of phrase, not a place. Some early Muslims understood it as metaphorical or as a place in heaven. And if the “furthest mosque” did exist on earth, Palestine would seem an unlikely location, for many reasons. Some of them:

    Elsewhere in the Qur’an (30:1), Palestine is called “the closest land” (adna al-ard).

    Palestine had not yet been conquered by the Muslims and contained not a single mosque.

    The “furthest mosque” was apparently identified with places inside Arabia: either Medina or a town called Ji’rana, about ten miles from Mecca, which the Prophet visited in 630.

    The earliest Muslim accounts of Jerusalem, such as the description of Caliph ‘Umar’s reported visit to the city just after the Muslims conquest in 638, nowhere identify the Temple Mount with the “furthest mosque” of the Qur’an.

    The Qur’anic inscriptions that make up a 240-meter mosaic frieze inside the Dome of the Rock do not include Qur’an 17:1 and the story of the Night Journey, suggesting that as late as 692 the idea of Jerusalem as the lift-off for the Night Journey had not yet been established. (Indeed, the first extant inscriptions of Qur’an 17:1 in Jerusalem date from the eleventh century.)

    Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiya (638-700), a close relative of the Prophet Muhammad, is quoted denigrating the notion that the prophet ever set foot on the Rock in Jerusalem; “these [edited] Syrians,” by which he means the Umayyads, “pretend that God put His foot on the Rock in Jerusalem, though [only] one person ever put his foot on the rock, namely Abraham.”

    Then, in 715, to build up the prestige of their dominions, the Umayyads did a most clever thing: they built a second mosque in Jerusalem, again on the Temple Mount, and called this one the Furthest Mosque (al-masjid al-aqsa, Al-Aqsa Mosque). With this, the Umayyads retroactively gave the city a role in Muhammad’s life. This association of Jerusalem with al-masjid al-aqsa fit into a wider Muslim tendency to identify place names found in the Qur’an: “wherever the Koran mentions a name of an event, stories were invented to give the impression that somehow, somewhere, someone, knew what they were about.”

    Despite all logic (how can a mosque built nearly a century after the Qur’an was received establish what the Qur’an meant?), building an actual Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Palestinian historian A. L. Tibawi writes, “gave reality to the figurative name used in the Koran.” It also had the hugely important effect of inserting Jerusalem post hoc into the Qur’an and making it more central to Islam. Also, other changes resulted. Several Qur’anic passages were re-interpreted to refer to this city. Jerusalem came to be seen as the site of the Last Judgment. The Umayyads cast aside the non-religious Roman name for the city, Aelia Capitolina (in Arabic, Iliya) and replaced it with Jewish-style names, either Al-Quds (The Holy) or Bayt al-Maqdis (The Temple). They sponsored a form of literature praising the “virtues of Jerusalem,” a genre one author is tempted to call “Zionist.” Accounts of the prophet’s sayings or doings (Arabic: hadiths, often translated into English as “Traditions”) favorable to Jerusalem emerged at this time, some of them equating the city with Mecca. There was even an effort to move the pilgrimage (hajj) from Mecca to Jerusalem.

    Scholars agree that the Umayyads’ motivation to assert a Muslim presence in the sacred city had a strictly utilitarian purpose. The Iraqi historian Abdul Aziz Duri finds “political reasons” behind their actions. Hasson concurs:

    The construction of the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque, the rituals instituted by the Umayyads on the Temple Mount and the dissemination of Islamic-oriented Traditions regarding the sanctity of the site, all point to the political motives which underlay the glorification of Jerusalem among the Muslims.

    Thus did a politically-inspired Umayyad building program lead to the Islamic sanctification of Jerusalem.

    Read the complete article here.

    “Lest we forget [who owns] Jerusalem” by Stan Goodenough

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

    It is not all that unusual for an Israeli politician to garnish his or her speeches with a verse or even two from the Bible (the Tanach or “Old Testament.”) Religious and non-religious Jew alike will dip into the most famous and cherished Hebrew-language original to underscore a message to their people.

    Prime ministers have also used the Bible to encourage Christian visitors to Israel to continue and increase their support of the Jewish state.

    Somewhat less common is the practice of using the scriptures in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) to buttress one side of a political debate.

    When, on Jerusalem Day last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dared reference the Holy Book in defense of the Jews’ claim to the city, the response was predictably harsh.

    According to Reuters, Netanyahu told a parliamentary session commemorating the 1967 return of Jerusalem to Jewish control that “Jerusalem” and its alternative Hebrew name “Zion” appear 850 times in the Tanach.

    “As to how many times Jerusalem is mentioned in the holy scriptures of other faiths, I recommend you check,” he said.

    But when an Arab Knesset member challenged him, the news wire reported: Netanyahu “offered a lesson in comparative religion from the lectern.”

    “Because you asked: Jerusalem is mentioned 142 times in the New Testament, and none of the 16 various Arabic names for Jerusalem is mentioned in the Koran. But in an expanded interpretation of the Koran from the 12th century, one passage is said to refer to Jerusalem,” he said.

    The indisputable fact was too much for PLO chief negotiator Sa’eb Erekat, who fired off this sanctimonious response:

    “I find it very distasteful, this use of religion to incite hatred and fear,” said the man whose organization has a long and unbroken record of stirring hatred, and perpetrating and “justifying” acts of terrorism with references from the Quran.

    “East Jerusalem is an occupied Palestinian town, and East Jerusalem cannot continue to be occupied if there is to be peace,” he added, unblushingly warning that “Palestinians” will continue to kill Jews as long as Jews insist that all Jerusalem is their capital.

    No surprises there.

    Netanyahu was quite correct in saying that there is not a single mention of Jerusalem in the Quran, whereas the Bible mentions the city nearly 1000 times.

    Using an online Bible with a search engine, I sought to determine not just how many times this city is mentioned, but what is actually said about Jerusalem on some of these pages. This is what I learned…

    ———–

    In the year AD 135, Jerusalem was flattened, and every last Jew finally driven from it. The Jews were also banned from entering the pagan city of Aelio Capitolina which the Emperor Hadrian built in Jerusalem’s stead.

    By that time Jerusalem had been this nation’s capital for a total of 1091 years.

    It was Rome’s avowed aim to eradicate every last Jewish link to, and interest in, Jerusalem. But what was achieved was the opposite. For the next 1832 years, wherever they were scattered on the face of the planet, and in the face of often-extreme persecution and suffering, the Jews clung to the belief in their return.

    ———-

    Which nation was God determined to punish when their fathers provoked Him to wrath? Israel.

    Which nation did God promise to return to the Land of Israel from all the lands to which He scattered them? Israel.

    Which nation does He restore to Jerusalem, before judging the rest of the nations concerning their treatment of this nation and its land? Israel.

    I could carry on and on. SO FULL is the Bible of references to Jerusalem, to its rightful people and to their God.

    Sa’eb Erakat may find this distasteful, but as a Muslim, and as a spokesman for millions of Muslims who hate Israel and wish to appropriate Jerusalem for themselves, he worships the wrong god, one who has no power to take Jerusalem from the Jews.

    Hey, his god doesn’t even care about Jerusalem! Allah’s total lack of reference to this city in their “holy” book makes this clear.

    Jerusalem belongs to Israel – exclusively and for always.

    Now, if only its leaders would reference the Bible when it comes to the other critical issues they have to deal with – like the right to the Land of Israel – all of it.

    Read the complete article here.

    “Obama and The New International Order” by Michael G. Mickey

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

    Speaking recently at West Point, President Obama called for what he referred to as a “new international order”, a new world order if you will. Anyone surprised by that, in light of recent events as compared to bible prophecy? I know I’m not.

    While witnessing what we have of late has been near physically painful to observe, from President Obama’s world apology tour, during which he traveled the globe to bow before and apologize to practically every leader he could find for America being the great nation it has been, to his disenfranchisement with the nation of Israel to his tanking of the US economy’s future through outrageous spending that is unsustainable, President Obama and his administration seems to be steering the U.S.A. toward what seems to be its prophetic destiny.

    Finding the United States in end times bible prophecy is near impossible, at least if one is looking to see the U.S. as a superpower. Rather, bible prophecy foresees the global empire of the prophesied Antichrist to come (Revelation 13:7) as a key power, an empire which is going to include the European Union at the very least, along with Israel, the “kings of the east” (Revelation 16:12), the “king of the north” (Daniel 11:40) and the “king of the south” (Daniel 11:40).

    While we don’t know with specificity who all of the key end times players listed above will consist of, they will be locatable from the perspective of the nation of Israel at the time these prophecies are fulfilled. So where do we see the United States in that picture? North of Israel? South of Israel? East of Israel? No, no and no. It is for that reason I conclude that if the U.S. is going to exist as a major player in the last of the last days, it is likely going to be as a component of the Antichrist’s empire, a scenario which I would point out as capable of instantly giving the prophesied Antichrist the military might we see him in possession of in end times prophecy. This is not a pleasant thought for those of us who love the U.S.A., but worthy of consideration as a possibility at the very least, primarily because NATO, which the United States is the lynch pin of, is located in Brussels, Belgium, as are the vast majority of the EU’s major institutions.

    With both the dollar and the euro presently in crisis and the West clamoring to bring peace to the Middle East, particularly at the expense of Israel, the prophetic scenario foretold long ago is making better sense by the minute, isn’t it?

    For decades, respected biblical scholars examining bible prophecy have anticipated a decline coming for the United States. I’d be remiss not to point out that President Obama is doing everything he can, seemingly, to accomplish that end for the U.S. whether he knows it or not. It’s a foreseeable future because of Obama’s increasing willingness to align the United States with the international community that respects us little and, most worrisome of all, openly anti-Israel organizations which threaten to bring the curse of Genesis 12:3 upon our nation.

    Read the complete article here.

    Parents of Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Refuse Proper Cancer Treatment for Daughter

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

    Yesterday we blogged about latest trial to befall Rifqa Bary, the teen who ran away from home, in fear of her life, after she converted from Islam to Christianity. She has now been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of uterine cancer.
    I found it odd that the treatment did not include an immediate hysterectomy, and now I understand why.
    As it turns out, even though Rifqa is in foster care, her parents are still responsible for making decisions concerning her health care. It was their decision to have the doctors remove the tumors instead of doing the more radical, but more successful, hysterectomy.
    Of course, this current course of treatment is what one would expect from a devout Muslim. Let me explain.
    A woman is the property of the Muslim man. She is the property of her father, or brother if the father is not around, until she is married, then she becomes the property of her husband.
    If Rifqa’s parents hope to have any chance of marring Rifqa to a Muslim man, they have to maintain her ability to have children. A barren woman is worthless as a wife to Muslims. Her fate would be to forever live with her parents, serving them. The “dishonor” she has caused them would be compounded.
    Another thought could be that they intend to use the cancer to rid them of their “dishonorable” daughter once for for all.
    Continue to pray for this brave young lady.

    Fathima Bary

    There has been a terrible development in the case of Rifqa Bary, the teenage girl who fled from her home in fear for her life after her devout Muslim father found out she had become a Christian. According to Rifqa, who is now in foster care in Ohio, she has been diagnosed with advanced uterine cancer.

    While this is a tragedy, how Rifqa is being victimized by her lawyers and her parents is nothing less than an atrocity. Her lawyers kept her in the dark about her condition — despite the seriousness of her cancer — for well over a week while they conferred with her parents and their CAIR-appointed lawyers about her treatment. While most cases like this result in a hysterectomy, Rifqa is only having the advanced malignancy removed. From what I understand, the survival rate in cases like these is only five percent.

    Was she allowed to get a second opinion? No.

    While she was lying ill, her lawyers brought her parents to her hospital bed. She was awaiting treatment and when she saw them, whereupon she became very agitated and upset. Her parents had to be removed.

    One thing that has happened as a result of this terrible development is that Rifqa has broken her silence, a silence mandated by her lawyers. For some time now, she could not talk to her friends, such as her close friend and fellow convert from Islam, Jamal Jivanjee, or to those of us who have not wavered in our support for her civil rights and religious liberty.

    She reached out to Jamal, who reports that “Rifqa has already had two surgeries at this point, and she is getting ready to undergo a third surgery which will be occurring this Thursday, May 27. … As soon as Rifqa heals from the major surgery that she will undergo this Thursday, it is expected that she will need to undergo several rounds of chemotherapy. Although she has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, the extent of her condition will be known after this Thursday’s surgery.”

    Now Rifqa is scared, and with good reason. Says Jamal, “Her situation is very serious, and she will need the help of many people in the weeks and months ahead.” Her entire legal strategy, of which I have been critical, was directed at keeping her safe and securing her immigration status. Now here we are at the end of May, and this strategy is obviously an abysmal failure: Rifqa has no immigration status.

    Rifqa’s legal strategy has been reactive, not proactive. Her lawyers have been kept busy responding to motions filed by Omar Tarazi, who was chosen for the Barys by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group that was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case.

    The worst example of how Tarazi fooled Rifqa’s lawyers was that he compelled them to have Rifqa plead guilty to “unruliness” to secure dependency, and then reneged on his part of the deal once the guilty plea had been entered. The guilty plea continues to have negative ramifications for those who love Rifqa and have helped her. With the “unruly” plea as a pretext, criminal investigations are proceeding, and charges are pending against people who helped Rifqa, such as Brian Williams and Blake and Beverly Lorenz, who helped Rifqa when she fled from her home.

    What Tarazi is doing is running out the clock so that Rifqa will be without immigration status when she turns 18 this August. Will authorities then deport her?

    There is no way of knowing for sure, but CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood reportedly have infiltrated senior levels at the State Department so deeply that it is a distinct possibility.

    And in Sri Lanka, as Rifqa herself has said, she could be killed or institutionalized, with no unwelcome scrutiny interfering in the application of Islamic law.

    Jamal Jivanjee explains: “Many people have thought that her eighteenth birthday would be a cause of celebration because she would be free of the immediate threat of being placed under the control of her devout Muslim parents.” But instead, “Rifqa will be facing many challenges when she turns 18 on August 10.” Upon her birthday in August 2010, she will be an illegal alien in need of serious chemotherapy and cancer treatment.

    This is a horror. Everyone has failed Rifqa: her parents, her lawyers, the state of Florida, the state of Ohio, child protective services.

    I ask all readers to keep Rifqa in your prayers.

    Original Link.

    As distasteful as it is, I need all of you to be aware of what is being said, on one Islamic website, about Rifqa’s situation.

    UPDATE: Look at what Muslim websites are saying.

    http://forums.islamicawakening.com/f38/riqfa-bary-apostate-has-cancer-now-loool-35579/

    I am sure you have heard of this little sell out whore who ran away with a grown man wqho is christian after sleeping with him and left islam so she can “worship god in her knees”. Well…..it seems her prayers came true. This little piggy now has uterine cancer.

    Original Link.

    See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
    Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Faces Cancer Treatment.
    Rifqa Fights to Stay in the U.S..
    Rifqa’s Immigration Status Tenuous.
    Pastor: Threats Against Rifqa Serious.
    Muslim Parents of Teen Christian Convert Renege on Custody Agreement.
    Runaway Christian Convert to Remain Free of Parents, Judge Rules.
    Rifqa Bary Case Takes a Positive Turn.
    Court Issues Reunification Plan in Rifqa Bary Case.
    Rifqa Bary Returns to Columbus.
    Hamas-Linked CAIR Supervised Police Interview of Rifqa Bary’s Parents on Abuse Allegations.
    Florida Investigation Finds No Credible Threat to Teen Christian Convert.
    Teen Christian Convert Who Fled Muslim Family Gets Online Threat.
    Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her.
    Updated: Judge Decides Fate of Honor Student, Cheerleader Who Fears “Honor Killing” After Converting to Christianity.
    Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist.
    Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert.
    Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert Order Back to Ohio by Florida Judge.
    Rifqa Investigation Ignored Facts About Islam.

    In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” KillingsIn Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
    In Remembrance of Sarah & Amina Said and Noor Faleh Almalek.
    Don’t let this become a memorial to Rifqa Bary as well. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings Before They Happen!!

    “That’s Offensive” by Ron Graham

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

    “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.” 1 Peter 2:7-8.

    “You can’t draw that, that’s offensive”. These were the words that a thirteen year old student in California heard a few days ago from her teacher. The student had drawn a picture of the American flag with the words “God bless America ” inscribed on the flag. For this she was singled out and told her project was offensive. Then the teacher went on to praise another student who had drawn a picture of Obama. This is just a very small sampling of what’s happening across this nation.

    Socialism is now the new flavor in America . We now see public school teachers promoting and indoctrinating our children into this new socialistic, godless, false utopian society, and our government leaders are consumed with promoting the same failed concept. It’s now an offense to be patriotic in America. And what’s much worse is that it is now considered almost criminal to publicly demonstrate a love for God.

    “Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God ,” 1 Corinthians 10:32. Those of us who follow Jesus Christ and promote His Gospel have no desire to offend anyone. The Gospel of Christ is a take it or leave it reality. Most believers who are actually witnessing to others prepare themselves for the rejection of the Gospel. We can tell someone about Jesus and, if during the conversation they make it plain they are not interested or they seem to be getting agitated, we can excuse ourselves and move on. We don’t brow beat people into submission or attack them because they aren’t inclined to partake of the truth. We simply change the subject or stop talking altogether.

    It’s true that lost people have no problem with being offensive around Christians or even singling out Christians for abuse. We are ridiculed and even condemned by those who hate God. Even ending a conversation with “God bless you” is an offense to those who are perishing. The young girl mentioned above was simply expressing her patriotism and love for God which is a Constitutionally protected right. It seems America’s founding fathers were offensive by placing such high esteem on what they believed to be God-given rights. At least that teacher thought so. Oh yea, and for those who think the separation of Church and state has anything to do with the U.S. Constitution it doesn’t. There’s no such thing as “the separation of Church and state” written into the founding fathers documents as they established this country as a sovereign, godly nation. But there is something called the Bill of Rights which says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…, and so on. “The free exercise thereof” is the same as saying if you are in a classroom in America and you wish to exercise your Constitutional right to express your love for God and country you may do so unimpeded.

    So what’s changed in the Constitution to allow a teacher to prohibit students “the free exercise thereof”? The Constitution of the United States of America has not changed, but we the people have placed ungodly leaders in control of our government and as such we are reaping what we have sown. God has been replaced with the religion of humanism. And this unholy saga continues as these misguided souls attempt to rid this nation of all vestiges of that old antiquated belief which emphatically maintains there is a God.

    First, they change our laws. How can they get away with that, you might ask? Through evil deceptions they get themselves elected to the highest office in the land, the Presidency of the United States of America , then they proceed to fill all the cabinet posts associated with that office with Marxists and Communists. They infiltrate Congress through similar deceptions until they dominate that once revered and stately body. Then they place into the highest courts of the land those individuals who have no use for God. This will, in turn, give rise to new and devilishly thought-out rulings that will far and above favor humanism, socialism, and ultimately communism over anything that might be based on faith in the one true God of the Bible. After a few years of these socialistic, humanistic, Marxist leaders lording over the masses, most of America will become painfully aware that their “inalienable rights” have dried up and blown away.

    Socialism is alive and thriving in America my friends and we now sit on the very precipice of evil completely consuming our national government and taking over our beloved country. We aren’t just slightly moving in that direction, the guy that occupies the Oval Office has placed America on the fast track to becoming a dictatorial and completely socialistic entity.

    Recently it’s been revealed that any mention of God by students will be harshly dealt with. Wearing the American flag on your person is also becoming a crime in the godless halls of academia. But there’s a time coming, and is almost here, when one certain word will get you thrown into jail quicker than oil leaking out of a pipe in the Gulf. That word is “Jesus”, the name above all names. Unless of course you use the Lord’s name as a swear word then of course you’ll be excused.

    Read the complete article here.

    “Greece, Thailand, America, and the Rapture” by Terry James

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

    Greece and Thailand face mobs of addicted citizenries that have been put on rations. Having for years been the wards of government-engendered employment and socialistic largess, the people of those nations are enraged by the realities of painful withdrawal.

    Greece has been required by the European Union to put into effect severe austerity measures in order to qualify for a massive bailout. Without the almost trillion-dollar infusion, Greece would become insolvent, a thing the EU and Western democracies cannot allow to happen.

    It was a weekend rich in symbolism. Sunday, May 9, was Europe Day, the 60th anniversary of the moment when France, Germany and the other war-shattered European states declared they would pool their resources in a supranational community. The message—from crisis comes opportunity—was not lost on today’s generation of European leaders. With Greece seemingly on the brink of insolvency and markets pounding other vulnerable euro members like Portugal and Spain, the continued viability of the single currency—the European Union’s most emblematic project—is under threat. So in the early hours of Monday morning, after weeks of indecision, Europe’s leaders met the challenge by setting up a colossal €750 billion ($950 billion) crisis fund. (Leo Cendrowicz, “The E.U.’s $950 Billion Rescue: Just the Beginning,” Time, 5/10/10, http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1988216,00.html?xid=rss-topstories. –My thanks to Dana Neel.)

    The International Monetary Fund/eurozone bailout stipulated that the Greek government drastically cut its huge deficit of 13.6 percent of the nation’s GDP. Jay Bryson, global economist at Wells Fargo Securities said that Europe’s monetary crisis won’t ease “until money starts to flow” to Greece from the EU/IMF. He said the crisis will probably linger for a time even with such measures.

    The Greek national government has had to do away with a large number of jobs that were linked directly to public services and bureaucratic positions. Ever-increasing government controls destroyed incentives for creating private sector employment. Demands by Greek citizenry (mostly government employees’ unions) that they could retire with full benefits as early as age 45 in some cases, age 53 on average, and massive expenditures on public social services drove deficit spending to calamitous levels.

    Austerity implementation and its effects on Greek society have been profound. Rioting in the streets has brought things to the crisis level, and has drawn a harsh response from police and the military. The EU/IMF infusion of a trillion dollars is only a stop-gap effort to try to prevent total implosion of Greek society, thus, possibly, the EU itself. When the people have been given their fix to assuage the pain of their weaning off the government spigot–what then?

    Thailand is perhaps even more bloody than Greece in the government-vs.-the unions clashes. Thailand’s workers have become accustomed to a bureaucratic handout system/society.

    Thailand’s fledgling democracy is now all but dead; bloodied and battered on the streets of Bangkok. How did this happen?

    The above question, posed by ABC News, frames the situation precisely. America’s heretofore relatively stable ally in Southeast Asia is in the process of meltdown because of economic crisis. The government is in disarray due to conflict primarily brought on by handing out more money to the populace than can be sustained, for purposes of gaining political advantage.

    Riots fill the streets of Bangkok. A continuing battle rages between the government forces of a brutal, unresponsive government that seems for the moment to be winning the day over the “red shirts”–organized workers against what they perceive as government discontinuing the policies of universal health care, infrastructure investment, local economic stimulus, and agricultural debt relief which they had come to expect as guaranteed rights.

    The fact is, Thailand is mischaracterized in ABC’s calling it a “fledgling democracy. Like Greece, the masses are addicted to getting socialistic largess for their votes. The government, used to being in favor because of, in effect, buying votes with a Thai version of pork-barrel spending, is reacting as many socialistic governments react when opposed. Many believe Greece and Thailand are well down the road of the same path America is taking.

    Jesus foretold as recorded in Luke 17: 26-29 that it would be like it was in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot at the time God’s judgment and wrath begins to fall. One of the characteristics that the apostle Paul gave in his “perilous times” prophecies as recorded in 2 Timothy chapter 3 is that people will be “incontinent.” This means they will lack self-control. A further meaning is that they will be incorrigibly addictive–susceptible to violently craving fixes for their addictions.

    A major addiction I perceive as becoming pandemic at this late hour of human history is the craving for pay without work by growing numbers of people in America and within the western economies. Socialism might be considered the virus that infects the masses who demand that the few pay for the many to enjoy the comforts of life.

    Noah’s time saw the mocking and the threats by the listless, vile masses toward Noah as he prepared the ark while preaching the message that they should repent. Lot, in Sodom, endured the vexation caused by the incontinent (sex-addicted) people who made demands that they be served night and day. Jesus said it will be like that at the time He will catastrophically intervene into the affairs of mankind at the end of the age. People will be addictive without control–“incontinent,” as the KJV has it.

    That “perilous times” characteristic of end-times man seems to be infecting this generation in many areas, and especially in matters of economy. The distress it is causing the nations, who are in perplexity as to what to do to fix the problems involved, will one day cause a tyrant of unprecedented power and authority to call for a one-world monetary system. I’m more and more convinced that it will be a system of Special Drawing Rights (SDR)–Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)–that will be the computer solution he will concoct.

    Monetary chaos is building across the world. I believe it will take a crisis of major proportion to get peoples around the globe to agree to give up their nationalistic, autonomous allegiances, in the desperate hope that their comforts might be secured/ preserved/ restored.

    With the signals of the end of the age in every direction the student of Bible prophecy looks–including the addictive characteristic of humanity we’ve just examined–there seems good reason to wonder: Might the Rapture be about to serve as the instrument the Lord uses to bring about the crisis that will give Antichrist the excuse to produce his system of control foretold in Revelation 13:16-18?

    –Terry

    Original Link.

    Assad: Peace for Golan Heights

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

    Koran 47:36 says “Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand.”

    Any peace treaty between an Arab nation and Israel is a farce, designed solely to put the Muslims in a better position to assail Israel. Assad may want to watch out though…

    An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.”
    Isaiah 17:1 (New International Version)

    The Syrians are playing with fire…

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that he is willing to sign a peace agreement with Israel in exchange for the Golan Heights.

    In an interview with the Italian daily newspaper La Republica, Assad added that he did not think it necessary to break Syria’s strong ties with Iran in order to make peace with Israel.

    The Syrian president maintained in the interview that the US has lost its influence in the Middle East and should not be depended on to bring peace to the region.

    Assad differentiated between US President Barack Obama, who he said brought hope to the Middle East, and the US itself. He claimed that Obama has good intentions, but is powerless to affect real change in the region because of the Congress and lobbies involved in decision making.

    Assad denied Israeli claims that Syria supplied Hizbullah with Scud missiles. He maintains that these allegations are an Israeli diversion meant to avoid a peace settlement.

    Original Link.

    “Will the European Union Survive?” by Todd Strandberg

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

    There has been a flurry of negative news about the health of the European Union. It seems like everything that could possibly go wrong has done so. The outlook is so bad, some economists are talking about the eventual demise of the European Union.

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, told Parliament in Berlin that the Eurozone crisis was the greatest test for the European Union since its creation. “It is a question of survival,” she said. “The euro is in danger. If the euro fails, then Europe fails. If we succeed, Europe will be stronger,” said Merkel.

    Mario Draghi, the head of the Bank of Italy who chairs the Financial Stability Board coordinating international regulatory reform, appealed for countries not to abandon a joint approach. “At this critical moment it is vital that we continue to work together on reforming the international financial system and maintain our faith in international cooperation,” he told the Financial Times (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ebe05a22-6322-11df-99a5-00144feab49a.html).

    The greatest problem facing the EU is one of trust in how the sixteen members of the common currency accumulate sovereign debt. Since there is no control mechanism for what each member spends to fund its government, the organization is based on an honor system–which has been a disaster.

    EU members are required to keep their budget deficits to around 3 percent. Greece has a deficit of 13 percent of GDP, and there is no indication that it will ever be able to manage its budget. Greece has a proven track record of defaulting on its foreign debt obligations.

    Greece is a welfare state with some of the most outrageous benefits. A Greek firefighter can retire at the ripe old age of 45. While people riot in other parts of the world for political freedom, the Greeks picket and strike over the right to receive government handouts. Germans, with a proven record of a strong work ethic, are grinding their teeth over having to help subsidize their southern neighbor.

    Global markets have nosedived over fears that the European debt crisis could lead to a replay of the freezing-up of financial markets we witnessed in 2008. Banks in Europe are afraid to lend money to each other because they don’t know what would happen to each other if Greece is forced to default.

    Europe’s banks are probably in far worse shape than American banks before the housing bubble burst. Over here, when someone defaulted on a mortgage, at the least the bank could reclaim a house. German banks, with loans to other nations, have nothing to foreclose on.

    In March, I said, “The most likely outcome of the Greece debt crisis will be a Band-aid in the form of some kind of loan guarantee from an outside financial organization.” This scenario has happened. The EU and the International Monetary Fund joined together to create a trillion-dollar slush fund for Greece and other nations. I also said it won’t be enough, and “another crisis is certain to quickly follow.” We might get a respite of a few months by kicking the can down the street, but you can’t fix the debt problem by giving nations like Greece more credit.

    We are at a very interesting point in history. The Bible said there would be a reformation of the Roman Empire, and that it would lead to the advent of the Antichrist. It doesn’t seem possible for the EU to collapse into ashes. No matter how bad it gets, the union is going to survive.

    The Bible tells us there will be a final world power that will have an extremely weak power base. In the vision given to Nebuchadnezzar and interpreted by Daniel, it is described as iron mixed with clay–meaning this government will have a connection to the Roman Empire, and it will be highly flawed. Out of this mess will come the most cunning and ruthless dictator the world has ever seen.

    A partial breakup of the EU might actually benefit the progression of Bible prophecy. Scripture tells us that there will be ten kings who will give their power to the Antichrist. We currently have twenty-seven members of the EU, so something needs to happen to draw the number of leaders down to the magic number. The crisis we see now could be what triggers the final realignment.

    “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast” (Rev: 17:10).

    “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled” (Rev 17:17).

    — Todd

    Original Link.

    Obama to Snatch Up to 75% of Your Income

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

    Unless the U.S. wishes to end up like Europe, Obama is going to have to figure out a way to finance his socialization of America.
    According this article, he could implement plans that could take up to 75% of our income in various taxes.
    So while you watch your hard earned tax dollars disappear, you my rest assured that you are subsidizing someone who is not working. You break your back, so to speak, working hard, while they stay at home in the arm chair watching TV. Hooray for Obama socialism…NOT!!

    If President Obama repeals the Bush tax cuts and imposes a 20 percent value added tax, or VAT, on the U.S., Americans may be facing tax rates where more than half of everything earned is confiscated by the federal government in the form of income taxes, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports.

    Add Social Security taxes and the tax burden quickly advances to more than 60 percent.

    “Adding state property and income taxes to the burden, the amount government confiscates could be in the 75 percent range before Americans have a chance to vote Obama out of office in 2012,” Corsi wrote. “Are Americans willing to be taxed 75 percent of every dollar earned?”

    “In a five-day work week, will Americans be willing to work four days for the government?” Corsi asked.

    He said as Obama moves the U.S. in the direction of becoming a European-style social welfare state, it is important to consider taxation levels typical in Europe.

    Corsi noted that even high levels of taxation are not sufficient in Europe to prevent debt levels from rising to crisis proportions, as has been seen in Greece and is looming on the horizon in Portugal, Spain and Italy.

    “These are the real costs of income redistribution, as taxpayers are made to bear the taxation costs of generous pension plans for government employees at all levels of government – federal, state and local – as well as funding Social Security, paying for Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare and funding welfare, including educating the children of illegal immigrants in Spanish in public schools,” he wrote. “There is no limit to generosity when it comes to socialist states providing social welfare benefits to increasingly government dependent populations.”

    Original Link.

    Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Faces Cancer Treatment

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

    Satan has renewed his attack on Rifqa Bary, the teen who ran away from home, in fear of her life, after she converted from Islam to Christianity, this time with a very aggressive form of uterine cancer.

    Fathima Bary

    A former Muslim who was pastor of a church in Columbus, Ohio, says 17-year-old Christian convert Rifqa Bary has told him she has a very aggressive form of uterine cancer.

    Jamal Jivanjee is currently the director of Florida-based ministry illuminate. But while pastoring in Ohio, he was contacted by Rifqa Bary, whom he later met at a coffee shop. Since that time he has become a major confidant of the teenager, who remains in foster care in Ohio while her well-publicized custody dispute with her parents continues.

    Bary fled from her parents’ home last summer in fear that her father would harm or even kill her for converting to Christianity.

    Jivanjee says now the young girl has told him the very disturbing news that she has been diagnosed with uterine cancer.

    “They’ve already told her that it’s a pretty aggressive form of uterine cancer, but they’ll know more after Thursday,” the pastor shares. “I think its going to be exploratory surgery there. Then…they expect, as soon as she is able, [that she will] undergo some aggressive chemotherapy as well.”

    According to Jivanjee, Bary’s estranged Muslim parents were allowed to come into her hospital room.

    “I don’t know if it was her attorney, her case worker, [but] somebody made the decision to bring her parents into the room to see her without her permission,” he says. “And that caused her a lot of emotional turmoil and stress, and she objected to that and they had to get them out of there.”

    Jivanjee says with Bary’s immigration status still up in the air, and the prospect of extensive medical treatment, she is obviously scared right now.

    Original Link.
    Fox News Coverage.

    See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
    Runaway Christian Girl Not Required to Reunite With Muslim Parents.
    Surgery for Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Reportedly to Take Place Today.
    Parents of Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Refuse Proper Cancer Treatment for Daughter.
    Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Faces Cancer Treatment.
    Rifqa Fights to Stay in the U.S..
    Rifqa’s Immigration Status Tenuous.
    Pastor: Threats Against Rifqa Serious.
    Muslim Parents of Teen Christian Convert Renege on Custody Agreement.
    Runaway Christian Convert to Remain Free of Parents, Judge Rules.
    Rifqa Bary Case Takes a Positive Turn.
    Court Issues Reunification Plan in Rifqa Bary Case.
    Rifqa Bary Returns to Columbus.
    Hamas-Linked CAIR Supervised Police Interview of Rifqa Bary’s Parents on Abuse Allegations.
    Florida Investigation Finds No Credible Threat to Teen Christian Convert.
    Teen Christian Convert Who Fled Muslim Family Gets Online Threat.
    Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her.
    Updated: Judge Decides Fate of Honor Student, Cheerleader Who Fears “Honor Killing” After Converting to Christianity.
    Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist.
    Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert.
    Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert Order Back to Ohio by Florida Judge.
    Rifqa Investigation Ignored Facts About Islam.

    In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” KillingsIn Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
    In Remembrance of Sarah & Amina Said and Noor Faleh Almalek.
    Don’t let this become a memorial to Rifqa Bary as well. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings Before They Happen!!

    Obama Call for ‘International Order’ Raises Questions About U.S. Sovereignty

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

    Perhaps yet another end times event?

    President Obama is facing criticism for his declaration over the weekend that he would seek a new “international order,” with some questioning how much U.S. sovereignty the administration is willing to cede in exchange for more global cooperation.

    Obama, delivering the commencement speech Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said that “stronger international standards and institutions” and stronger alliances can “resolve” challenges ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation to climate change to economic decline.

    “Our adversaries would like to see America sap its strength by overextending our power,” Obama said. “So we have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation.”

    The president added that efforts by America’s armed forces need to be “complemented” with greater diplomatic engagement “from grand capitals to dangerous outposts,” more humanitarian assistance to needy nations, better communications among intelligence agencies, first responders to act after earthquakes, storms and disease and “law enforcement that can strengthen judicial systems abroad, and protect us at home.”

    “America has not succeeded by stepping outside the currents of cooperation; we have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice — so nations thrive by meeting their responsibilities, and face consequences when they don’t,” he told the graduating class at the military academy.

    “This engagement is not an end in itself. The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times — countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds,” he said.

    Original Link.

    Study the Constitution – What a Concept…

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
    -First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

    Defenders of the new social studies standards just passed by the Texas State Board of Education say it will encourage students to go back to the Constitution and First Amendment to learn about religious freedom.

    The new standards approved by the Board, which will be in place for the next ten years, include an amendment in the curriculum comparing and contrasting the phrase “separation of church and state” with the Founding Fathers’ intent to protect religious freedom. It would require in-depth study of founding documents. (See earlier article)

    Democrats on the Board had lobbied to delay the final vote until after new members were seated in November, hoping to regain majority status on the Board and defeat implementation of the new standards. Friday’s vote was along party lines.

    As to the Democrats’ criticism of the new standards, Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs for Liberty Institute, remarks that “it takes a true liberal extremist to oppose students reading the Constitution.”

    Original Link.
    Also see “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?”.

    “TENS OF THOUSANDS MARK ISRAEL’S 62nd ANNIVERSARY” by Fern Sidman

    Monday, May 24th, 2010

    Fashionable 5th Avenue in New York City morphed into a virtual sea of blue and white on Sunday afternoon, May 23rd, as thousands marched down the famed thoroughfare in a passionate display of support for the State of Israel on her 62nd birthday. The flag of Israel was a ubiquitous site, as marchers representing synagogues, schools, yeshivos and Jewish organizations from around the tri-state area held aloft this indefatigable symbol of Jewish statehood with pride while hoisting decorative banners and signs calling for a united Jerusalem. Scores of spectators from all over the country lined the parade route and joyfully cheered on the marchers as they raised their collective voices in tribute to the glorious legacy of Israel.

    Israel 62nd Anniversary

    For over 20 blocks, Hebrew songs blared through loudspeakers on the abundance of floats representing organizations and businesses supporting Israel as marching bands, dance troupes and choral societies provided their own unique backdrop to the day’s festivities. Throngs of ebullient students representing such local area schools as Yeshiva of Flatbush, Magen David, Shulamith High School for Girls, Yeshiva of Manhattan Beach and the East Midwood Hebrew Day School proudly chanted, “Am Yisroel Chai” (the nation of Israel lives) as they paid homage to the rich heritage, ancestry, and history of the Jewish homeland.

    Others schools and groups participating in the 2010 Salute to Israel parade included the Yeshiva of Central Queens, Yeshiva University High School for Boys and Girls, the JCH of Bensonhurst, HAFTR – Hebrew Academy of Far Rockaway and the Five Towns, the Jewish Foundation School, the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, the Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School, the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, the Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, the Sephardic Heritage Alliance, the Solomon Schecter Day Schools of Bergen, Essex and Union counties in New Jersey, United Synagogue Youth, the Ramaz School, the Westchester Jewish Conference, Temple Israel of Great Neck, Tzofim Tzabar – Friends of Israel Scouts, the Republican Jewish Coalition, RAJE – Russian American Jewish Experience, the Jewish War Veterans, among many others.

    Float sponsors included the American Friends of Magen David Adom, the America-Israel Friendship League, Bank Leumi, Bank Hapoalim, El Al Airlines, the B’nai Zion Foundation and the 92nd Street YM-YWHA.

    Israel 62nd Anniversary

    The parade was not without a polemical element as opponents of the Jewish state gathered along the parade route between 58th and 59th Streets to voice their animus towards Israel. Members of the vociferously anti-Israel Chassidic sect known as Neturei Karta carried Palestinian flags and shouted epithets against the Zionist movement while holding signs saying, “Authentic rabbis oppose the creation of Israel”. They were joined by members of the ANSWER Coalition, a left wing pro-Palestinian conglomerate who lambastes Israel as a “racist, apartheid state”.

    Directly across the street stood members of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI), a nascent organization representing Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and ex-Muslims whose objective is to graphically depict the heinous atrocities committed by radical Islamists against all infidels. Andrew Upton, a founding member of HRCARI said, “We are here today to remind all Americans that Israel is on the front lines in the struggle against radical Islam. If we strengthen Israel, we thereby strengthen all of humanity as radical Islam represents the greatest threat to our freedoms since Nazism prior to World War II.”

    Christian supporters of Israel such as Linda Rivera of Manhattan also joined the HRCARI counter-protest. Said Ms. Rivera,” The Jewish people are finally back in the land that G-d gave them as an everlasting possession and anybody who attempts to steal this land from the Jews is declaring war on G-d. The Obama administration has expressed nothing but extreme hostility towards our stalwart ally Israel while coddling our terrorist enemies such as Iran and that is nothing short of reprehensible.”

    “Haven’t we learned from history that we can’t appease terrorists?”, intoned Coretta James, an African American woman and fervent supporter of Israel. “I am here today to say as a black woman, that our president if a blatant anti-Semite who should be ashamed of himself for his wayward policies concerning Israel. The Jewish nation cannot be coerced into making a so called ‘peace’ with an enemy who has sworn her destruction such as the Palestinian leadership”, she added.

    Israel 62nd Anniversary

    Rabbi Chaim Shimon of the Millinery Synagogue in Manhattan said, “We are here today to show our solidarity with the one and only Jewish nation. As a Torah observant Jew, my message to President Obama concerning his relations to Jews and Israel comes directly from the Bible which states, ‘Those who bless you will be blessed and those who curse you will be cursed’. Mr. President – keep your hands off our holy city of Jerusalem because the G-d of Israel is watching over you.”

    As the parade reached its conclusion, both marchers and spectators headed towards the “Summerstage” in Central Park for the 17th annual Concert in the Park for Israel. Headlining at this year’s musical tribute to Israel were renowned singers Eitan Katz, Gershon Veroba, Dr. Meyer and Baruch Abittan, Jerry Markowitz, Izzy Kieffer, Michael Ian Elias, Elad Snir, accompanied by Israeli pianist extraordinaire Shlomi Aharoni and such groups as Pey Dalid and the Maccabeats (a Yeshiva University a cappella group), among others

    The concert, emceed by radio personality Nachum Segal, (JM in the AM), was dedicated to Jerusalem never being divided, not giving up any land anywhere in Eretz Yisroel, and standing up to the mullahs of Iran. Mr. Segal introduced such speakers as New York State Assemblyman David Weprin, director of the Igud HaRabonim, Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie of the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, Manhigut Yehudit international director, Shmuel Sackett, Rabbi David Algaze of the Chavurat Israel synagogue in Forest Hills, Rev. Michael Faulkner (Congressional candidate for the 15th district in northern Manhattan), and executive director of the Shomron Liason Office, David HaIvri.

    Israel 62nd Anniversary

    The keynote speakers were MK Danny Danon, Chairman of the World Likud movement and deputy speaker of the Knesset and Michael S. Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. “Israeli settlements are not an obstacle to peace in the Middle East” said MK Danon. “They are assets to Israel that must be preserved at all costs”, he intoned. Mr. Danon, a member of the Betar Zionist youth movement founded by the legendary Zionist revisionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky said that “Jerusalem will remain undivided; despite the pressure that Israel finds herself under by the Obama administration. The real threat to peace and stability in the region is the Iranian nuclear threat which is very real and very lethal and that is something that the US is reluctant to confront in the strongest terms”, he declared. In a private interview subsequent to his speech Mr. Danon said, “If need be, Israel has the nuclear capability to deal with Iran’s burgeoning nuclear arsenal. Israel did not attend the recent global nuclear summit in Washington because we don’t need to be on the receiving end of pressure regarding nuclear disarmament, especially now, as the clock is ticking concerning a possible strike against us by Iran.”

    “We need very clear indications from Washington concerning its commitment to Israel’s security”, said Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. “And the major obstacle here is that we’re not getting any indications from the Obama administration about what they are planning to do about the danger that Israel finds herself in, vis-a-via the Iranian nuclear threat. It is our belief that Israel should not be exhorted to make territorial concessions in the name of a false peace. We know that we cannot appease terrorists and the Palestinian Authority and the other Iranian proxies such as Hamas and Hezbollah are clearly dedicated to Israel’s annihilation”, he said.

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    Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
    We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.